Dayton Music Insider

This blog is for all the fans of live music, from the casual listener to the weekend warrior, so they can easily find great music in Dayton area.

Dayton Music Kicks Cancer's Ass

Today of all days, I'm so ready to kick cancer's ass!  David Morris , one of West Virginia's most beloved folk musicians , and my dear brother-in-law, lost his battle to cancer this morning.

So you can see why this weekend's Kick Cancer's Ass event is dear to my heart. I'm always amazed at how generous our music scene is in Dayton. Every single weekend, there is a live music benefit show happening. Please show the music scene your love, by supporting them back!

Find out all the details on these shows and more below.

Friday October 14th

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Friday night you can catch some of Dayton's classic original acts, including The Boxcar Suite, Cherry Lee & The Hotrod Hounds and Puzzle of Light. So hard to choose between, but if you're like me, just bounce around and catch them all!

The Boxcar Suite , a rock band for the ages, will be performing with Cincinnati's Flying Underground at Jimmie's Ladder 11. Rockabilly band Cherry Lee & The Hotrod Hounds performs at Blind Bob's. And last but certainly not least, Dayton favorites  Puzzle of Light will be at the Trolley Stop. All shows start around 9:30pm with a $5 cover. 21+

In Yellow Springs, at the Emporium , check out Boston-based multi-instrumentalist Ian Ethan Case, best known for his innovative approach to the 18-string acoustic double-neck guitar. He's performing an early set, from 6:30-10pm, so get out there early to grab a seat! No cover.


The 4th Annual Kick Cancer's Ass at Blind Bob's features great local rock bands including Ghost Town Silence, McGuff and the Dumpster Fires, Good Luck Year, and R.I.N.D. Al l proceeds of the $5 cover charge benefit the Gala of Hope Foundation. 21+

Another incredible show this weekend is at the Victoria Theatre , with The Lonesome River Band, Nightflyer, and The Repeating Arms. If you love bluegrass, folk or traditional music, this is a "don't miss" event, for sure. Tickets are $20 and available online at, at the Box Office, or by phone at 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630.

A great after show to the aforementioned, or stand alone, would be checking out Wild Mountain Berries at Oregon Express. They are a rockin' duet who perform a blend of Americana, Blues, Jazz, Country, and folk that is tied together with a beautiful vocals. Music usually starts around 9:30pm with a $5 cover.

Country fans, check out Charlie Farley at Oddbody's Music Room . He's one of those new country rappers, which is certainly different from the regular pop country that saturates the radio these days! Doors 7pm. Show 7:30pm $15 advance. $20 day of show.

West of town the  Dayton Underground Series  has it's next installment at Courtyard Lounge in Englewood. This collection of original music is referred to as the "Rock Revolution" - which includes Eaton's  ViFolly , a 4 piece alternative rock band,  Far From Eden is a 5 piece, female-fronted group, and  The Transylvania Hellhounds is a 4 piece hard rock group that is sure to rip you a new earhole! Advance Tickets are $8 from all performing acts. You can also order tickets online (have them delivered, print them, or will call them). Day of Show Tickets are $10. 21+ w/ ID. Doors at 9pm; Show at 9:30pm.

Out by Wright State, you can get your Halloween fun on early with the  Halloween Pre-Party at One Eyed Jacks. This will be a funky evening with  Krunk Town Boogie, The Willy Clark Band, Subsonik Riddle and Romona . $5 cover. Come dressed in a costume and save 2 dollars at the door! 18+ with proper ID.

Sunday October 16th

If your weekend doesn't stop Sunday evening, or if it's just getting started, check out Lunar Lounge, Joe Wannabe and the Mad Man's Blues Band, Coming Up For Air, and Mainline Funk at Blind Bob's . This is a great evening of eclectic music from funk, blues and rock starting at 9pm. Enjoy!

In Yellow Springs, stop by the Emporium from 7-10pm for music from  Ruckzuck (or "In a Jiffy!" in German). Ruckzuck is a trippy trio who got their name and sonic inspirations from the progressive sounds of the early 70's "Krautrock." Sounds like an interesting evening for sure!

Wednesday October 19th

Tune into WYSO 91.3 for a live preview of The Bootlegger's Ball, A Night of Americana Music on the Kaleidescope show from 8-9pm. It's a short show due to the Presidential debate, but they are planning on a lot of great music with Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle live in the studio and a conversation with The Way Down Wanderers.

The Weekly Wednesday Family Dinner Jam at Therapy Cafe is still happening weekly from 8pm - 2am. Marcus Cornwell of The Vibe hosts this plug and play jam for local musicians. Visual artists are also encouraged to attend! There are easels available for anyone who wants to come and create during the jam.

In the spirit of community fellowship, they serve a free dinner until all of the food is gone. Since Yom Kippur falls on Wednesday, Jewish favorites will be the food theme for the week. Any budding culinarians are welcome to add the menu. Doors are at 8pm, dinner starts at 8:30pm, and music begins at 9pm. All ages! This is a completely free event!

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for October 14th-19th, 2016. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what the price is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Please click the hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.   Check out the latest shows I’m promoting  @theVenusChild . You can keep up with my adventures on Instagram  here or follow me on Twitter  @LibbyBallengee Cheers!

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